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Why Buhari’s government is yet to defeat Boko haram – Yahaya Bello

By Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja
06 December 2021   |   12:30 pm
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has alleged that saboteurs working against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was responsible for Nigeria's prolong security challenge.

Boko Haram. PHOTO: AFP

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has alleged that saboteurs working against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was responsible for Nigeria’s prolong security challenge.

Bello stated this on Sunday when he received traditional and political leaders from Kebbi and Sokoto States in Abuja.

The governor noted that the president had found himself in a very difficult situation since he took over the government in 2015.

“The President inherited a sinking ship but has to prevent it from sinking. Probably, any other person wouldn’t have been able to do better than what he is doing in the circumstance he found himself,” the governor said. “We might be thinking that is he not the same Buhari of 1983? He is the same person but the situation then is different now.

“But people are now asking that is it not under the same Buhari the refineries were built? Is not same Buhari that was able to build roads, hospitals and other infrastructures and that was he not same Buhari that drove away Maitatsine? So Nigerians are now asking that what is Boko haram and bandits that he (president ) can’t just clear off, but then we need to reflect those that are pulling him down.

“The president did not just inherit those troubles. The president is leading from a very difficult angle. People who were suppose to support him are the one that are pulling him down by their actions, utterances, inactions and by their silence.

“This is the situation the president found himself from 2015 to date. And lets anybody challenge me with what I said and I will prove it with veritable figures and facts.

Bello recalled it was during the president’s tenure as head of state and Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) that three refineries were built in the country which he said were operating in 100 per cent capacity.

The governor said he fought against such elements in Kogi, noting that “this is why we are having the successes today. We will fix this country”.

While observing that the clamour for a youth president come 2023 was right, Bello advised Nigerians to vote youth with capacity, zeal, integrity, determination and impeccable records.

“We always ask that youth should come on board. As much as we are saying elders should go home and rest. There are some elders who have the capacity, are passionate, patrotic and ready to sacrifice for this country. We need youth with capacity, zeal, integrity, determination and impeccable records. Going to 2023, our records will speak for us”, he said.

Earlier in his remarks, the leader of the delegation, Murtala Kaoje said the visit was to pledge their support for the governor’s presidential ambition.